By Keri Byrum
Spring in the Gulf Coast is that elusive time when we get to enjoy warm temperatures without the humidity of summer. We gardeners embrace this time as an opportunity to see winter annuals at their peaks, and try plants that are often difficult to grow most of the year. Spring containers give us an opportunity to show off our creativity with a wide range of flowers.
For containers that have been around awhile, this is the time to empty out old soil and replace with fresh potting mix. Checking drainage holes in your pots is easily done at this point and helps avoid problems. Starting out with new soil is necessary each year, and gives your new plants a good start to a healthy season of flowers.
When selecting plants for spring containers, I like to think ahead to the summer months and take the opportunity to combine long-lasting, heat-tolerant plants with a few splashes of color from flowers. This combination uses the hot color pallet of a ‘Petra’ croton, the lime-green carex ‘Everillo’, and the orange Bolivian Sunset gloxinia (Seemannia sylvatica). The gloxinia loves the spring weather and steals the show in this spring container.
The end of winter welcomes a wide range of beautiful plants for flowers and foliage. Geraniums are at their peak during this season and can still be planted for a few months of flowers. This Brocade geranium has beautiful foliage in combination with orange flowers, but even without flowers it certainly adds an interesting element to a container. Using this plant in a container perfectly shows off these details.
Other flowers with limited growing times include plants such as lavender, kangaroo paws, and Osteospermum. All of these like the warmer weather but struggle to thrive in the humid summers. Now is the time to take advantage of spring weather, and plant these beautiful flowers. Even as short-season flowers, they add value and pizzazz to spring containers.
Spring is one of the best gardening seasons for the Gulf Coast. Enjoy the ability to grow an extensive range of plants at this time of year, and create spring containers full of flowers, color, and a widespread assortment of unique plants.
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